New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

It’s Time to Hold Amazon Accountable for High Worker Injury Rates

As Amazon grows into New Jersey's largest private employer, it's time to mandate health and safety protocols for its workers.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 13, 2022

Governor Murphy announces support for expanding abortion access. Corporate lobbyists push for a big tax break. Unions are having a moment.

Local Government Should Not Be Funded With Fines and Fees

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel in opposition of using law enforcement fines and fees to fund government services.

Friday Facts and Figures: May 6, 2022

Abortion rights are under attack. New report ties the racial wealth gap to disparities in home ownership. Inflation is good for business.

May Day: Excessive CEO Pay Stifles Workers’ Wages

Corporate CEOs often exert their influence to hoard pay, further driving income inequality while workers struggle to make ends meet.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 29, 2022

New report highlights high injury rate at Amazon warehouses. New bill would expand the state's premier anti-poverty program.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 22, 2022

Essential workers and advocates urge lawmakers to provide more direct relief to residents harmed by the pandemic. Legal weed is here!

Tracking How New Jersey is Spending American Rescue Plan Funds

With $3 billion remaining in State Federal Recovery Funds, lawmakers have a unique opportunity to provide equitable pandemic relief.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 15, 2022

Millions of residents are struggling to make ends meet. Legal cannabis sales start next week. Revenue collections are ahead of projections.

ANCHORs Aweigh: Explaining Governor Murphy’s New Property Tax Relief Program

ANCHOR should advance equity by directing more relief to renters and lower-income homeowners.

Friday Facts and Figures: April 1, 2022

Senate Budget Chair Paul Sarlo calls for multi-year budgeting. New bill would expand language access. The NJPP team just got bigger!

Friday Facts and Figures: March 25, 2022

The Affordable Care Act turns 12, New Jersey has a strong jobs report, and legal cannabis sales are delayed again — but for good reason.

Legislation Undermining the Criminal Justice Reform Act Would Harm Communities of Color

Testimony by NJPP Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel opposing presumptive pretrial detention for Graves offenses.

The State Budget Can Do More to Make New Jersey Affordable for All

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Peter Chen on how the state budget can make New Jersey more affordable for all residents.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 18, 2022

New report details the benefits of the Child Tax Credit. Lawmakers try to dismantle bail reform. Foundations propose a new public health institute.

Breaking Down Governor Murphy’s FY 2023 Budget Proposal

State lawmakers have a big opportunity to make New Jersey affordable for all thanks to stronger than expected tax collections.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 11, 2022

Budget season is back, featuring a full pension payment, more funding for schools, a healthy surplus, and a new property tax relief program.

Prescription Drug Affordability Board Would Help Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Dr. Brittany Holom-Trundy supporting the establishment of a Prescription Drug Affordability Board.

Using American Rescue Plan Funds for Corporate Tax Cuts Undermines an Equitable Recovery

Testimony from NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson opposing a proposal to use federal recovery funds for a new business tax break.

Friday Facts and Figures: March 4, 2022

Governor Murphy unveils a new property tax relief program. New Jersey gets its first credit upgrade since 2005!

Revenue from Cannabis Legalization Should Go Toward Strengthening Communities Harmed by the Drug War

Testimony from Policy Analyst Marleina Ubel recommending how revenue from the cannabis Social Equity Excise Fee should be spent.

Read Across America Day Book Recommendations

NJPP staff shares their recommendations for books that have either helped shape their policy views or do what books do best: entertain, inform, and provide an escape.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 25, 2022

Excluded New Jerseyans Fund set to expire next week. State-level Child Tax Credit would make New Jersey a more affordable place to raise a family.

Making New Jersey Affordable for Families: The Case for a State-Level Child Tax Credit

A state-level child tax credit would recognize the unique costs of raising children and help families set their kids up for success.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 18, 2022

Child poverty soared after the expanded Child Tax Credit expired. More teachers are retiring and fewer students are studying to become teachers.

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